Once again led by Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman, the New York Yankees battered the Blue Jays 12-6 to secure the team’s ninth-straight win.
When New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone showed up for Spring Training, he had no intentions of batting Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman in the heart of the order.
How could he have? Urshela was considered a minor league emergency glove and Tauchman wasn’t even on the team yet.
However, as of Aug. 8, Urshela and Tauchman have become two of the most important players in the lineup. During a season devastated by injuries to star players, they’ve picked up the slack and then some.
Thursday’s showing powered the Yankees to their ninth straight win.
Since the All-Star Break
Tauchman: 1.269 OPS
Urshela: 1.283 OPS
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) August 9, 2019
Urshela, so hot right now. Urshela. 🔥🔥
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 8, 2019
Gio Urshela needs a harder league pic.twitter.com/Bz05jhkHOe
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) August 8, 2019
"Another Yankee home run. Absolutely amazing. Tauchman! The Sockman!" pic.twitter.com/agFYiW0iz1
— John Sterling Calls (@JSterlingCalls) August 8, 2019
Of course, Urshela and Tauchman aren’t the only guys producing every day.
DJ LeMahieu put forth a strong multi-hit effort. He went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Cameron Maybin and Austin Romine also turned in multi-hit efforts.
However, while the Yankees won in decisive fashion, there were some glaring negatives. Domingo German did not look sharp, throwing five innings and surrendering four runs (three earned) while only punching out three. Aaron Judge also went 0-for-5 with a few deep flyballs.
The success of the offense as a whole has masked the fact that Judge isn’t playing his best baseball right now. On the other hand, the thought of Judge getting right and the approaching return of Gary Sanchez could make the offense even more overpowered.
Savage of the Game — Gio Urshela
Gio Urshela has been absolutely fantastic over the past few games. His second multi-homer game in a row is the unlikely power that led the Yankees to their eighth- and ninth-straight wins. Savage, indeed.